Thu, May 2, 2019
Fri, May 3, 2019
As part of the Nepal Studies Program, Professor Michael Witzel from Harvard University will lead a conference titled “Hinduism in Nepal: The Ritual Dimension.” Ritual has played a major role in Hindu societies, from the Vedas to modern times, and it has been particularly prominent in Nepalese society. It accompanies individuals from morning until night, from birth to death, and it shapes the customs of society throughout the year. This conference will explore some of the rituals, past and present, that are typical for Nepal. Stress is put on the extensive documentation that has been carried out over the past few decades, with a particular focus on fire rituals.
Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 06:00pm
Wed, Apr 24, 2019 at 07:30pm
Engaging with India: Engaging with Feminism and the Passion of “The Before Midnight’s Children”
Speaker: Devaki Jain, Economist, Writer, and Recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award
The Harish C. Mahindra Lecture Series is given in honor of the late Harish C. Mahindra, a distinguished alumnus of Harvard College and a visionary leader of business and industry in India. The lecture is an important component in continuing the education and understanding of the challenges facing South Asia, and provides an ideal forum for the next generation of global leadership.
This year, Devaki Jain will be giving the Mahindra Lecture. Devaki Jain is an Indian economist and writer who has made significant contributions to feminist economics, social justice, and women’s empowerment in India. In 2006, she was awarded the Padma Bhushan — the third-highest civilian honor from the Government of India — for her contributions to society. In this lecture, she will weave her own personal story into the political story of India and discuss her engagement with public life, activism, and her current work in feminist economics.
A reception will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.
Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 04:30pm
Tue, Apr 9, 2019 at 06:00pm
A lecture and demonstration by Mallika Sarabhai, one of India’s leading choreographers and dancers for over three decades. In constant demand both as a soloist and with her own dance company, Darpana, she has created and performed classical and contemporary works around the world. A constant activist for societal education and women’s empowerment, Sarabhai has created numerous stage productions that have raised awareness about crucial issues, advocating change throughout India.
Homi Bhabha, Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University
Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 07:00pm
Fri, Apr 19, 2019 at 09:00pm
Amar Kanwar (b. 1964) is a New Delhi-based filmmaker and artist whose work has powerfully mined the potential of a slower, drifting method of moving image to forge a politically charged and engaged mode of gently expanded cinema. Kanwar’s critically acclaimed yet fiercely debated Such a Morning hovers on the border between magical realist allegory and slow cinema trance film with an almost Calvino-like fable of a renowned mathematician impulsively abandoning his university post, without explanation, to hibernate in a train car abandoned deep in a lush forest.
Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 06:15pm
Tue, Apr 2, 2019 at 07:30pm
In this event, Professor Ashu Varshney, Ronak Desai, and Hasit Shah will discuss the pressure points of the upcoming Indian election.
Ashu Varshney, Director of the Center for Contemporary South Asia and Sol Goldman Professor of Political Science and International and Public Affairs at Brown University
Ronak Desai, Vice Chair of the Indian Practice at Steptoe and Law & Security Fellow at New America
Hasit Shah, Journalist and Expert on Digital Media and Internet Access in India
Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 04:30pm
Tue, Mar 26, 2019 at 06:30pm
The show features two artists from Pakistan and India who reflect on the impact of The 1947 Partition of British India in their works. Mahboob Jokhio and Krupa Makhija explore the interplay between culture, language and identity through a deeply personal lens.
Fri, May 3, 2019 at 05:00pm
Fri, May 3, 2019 at 07:00pm
In this demonstration, Pakistani musical sensation Ali Sethi and Harvard Professor Ali Asani will take you into the lyrical world of ghazals. The ghazal originated in Arabia in the 7th century and developed into a significant literary genre in Persian, Urdu, and other South Asian languages. It may be understood as a poetic expression of loss and romantic love, often associated with traditions of spirituality in South Asia.
Experience the emotional journey of Sufi music through performance and demonstration as Sethi and Asani trace the history, evolution, and form of popular Urdu ghazals to date. All texts will be translated into English so everyone can be fully immersed in the art of the ghazal.
Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 04:30pm
Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 05:30pm
The Mittal Institute’s summer student grant applications for 2019 are now open. If you’re a Harvard undergraduate or graduate student looking to fund your research, internship, or language study in South Asia this summer, the deadline to apply for a grant is February 8. Come hear about The Mittal Institute’s funding opportunities for Summer 2019.
At our Open House, you can get all of your questions answered about the grants and the application process. Join us to learn more and enjoy some delicious South Asian food. RSVP to our event on Facebook!
Please note: This opportunity is only available to current Harvard students.
Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 03:00pm
Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 04:30pm
Sreenivasan Jain, Managing Editor of one of India’s major TV news networks, NDTV, discusses the immense demands and challenges of effectively covering such a large and diverse country.